Almost entirely surrounded by water, Cahors, France is a lovely medieval town located at the heart of the French wine country. It is the business and cultural center of the region.
Cahors was a major town during the middle ages and saw a good amount of conflict during the Hundred Years War. Pope John XXII was born in Cahors in 1249. Most of its key structures were built in the 20th century. Cahors was the beginning of stage 18 in the 2007 Tour de France.
The nearest major airports are in Toulouse and Rodez.
If flying into Paris, tourists are able to take the train right into Cahors (approximately 5 hours).
The best suggestion to get around is to rent a car. A good idea is to park your car in the city center and walk around.
Cathedrale Saint-Étienne de Cahors (Cahors Cathedral)
Consecrated in 1119, the roman catholic cathedral is a Perigord style church. It is a great example of Gothic architecture.
The reason most people visit Cahors is for the Valentré Bridge. Built during the 14th century, it took seventy years to complete. There is a legend that the main builder of the bridge made a deal with the devil to help complete it. During its restoration in the 1800s, a sculpture of the devil was added to the top of one of the three towers. The bridge is located in the northwest corner of the city and known as the finest medieval fortified bridge in France. It is one of the most photographed monuments in the country. Also, it has the privilege of being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As its main thoroughfare, the boulevard is a popular area. A market is held there twice a week. It is named after the popular French leader Léon Gambetta (1838-1882) who was born in Cahors.
This museum contains a collection of artefacts that explain the transitions that the
The food in Cahors is typical of Central France. It consists of hearty food, while using local produce.
70% of the vineyards in France are along a narrow strip of land on each side of the Lot River between Cahors and Puy L'Eveque. The types os soils that are native to that area are conducive to grape growing. Cahors is a major producer of wine. They are mostly known for their red wine. There are 10,000 acres (4,200 hectares) of Cahors vineyards. The area produces 30 million bottles a year.